Whether you have lost one tooth or all your teeth, you want to find the best replacement option available. In most cases that will be dental implants. What exactly are they? Dental implants in Aurora, IL are small, artificial tooth roots made of titanium that can be surgically placed into your jawbone and then covered with a prosthetic tooth—generally an all-porcelain crown. No one will be able to tell they are not your natural teeth. In fact, they also function like your natural teeth. You will be able to eat anything you want without the problems you typically see with removable dentures.
Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, they’re able to offer a number of advantages compared to regular bridges and dentures:
Dental implant roots can be paired with a variety of restorations to help patients missing any number of teeth. After giving you an exam, our team can let you know which of the following options would be best for you:
As we touched on above, a single implant root can be placed into the mouth and topped with an all-porcelain crown. Unlike with a bridge, the surrounding teeth won’t have to be filed down to make room for the prosthetic, better preserving someone’s natural dental structure.
Implants can easily be paired with bridges and partial dentures to replace several teeth while using a minimal number of roots. They give these prosthetics a strength and stability a traditional removable one simply can’t match.
A full denture can be connected to the jawbone using just four to six implants, giving a patient a row of teeth they never have to worry about slipping out of place. We can upgrade a patient’s current denture to fit over dental implants (overdentures), or we can make an entirely new prosthetic if necessary.
For the dental implant procedure, first, the titanium roots are surgically placed into the jawbone, and once a patient’s mouth has been given time to heal, then the new teeth are placed on top of them. At most other dental offices, they force their patients to visit multiple dental offices to have the different implant phases completed, but at Sommers Family Dental, our team is able to do everything under one roof. This not only saves you time but stress as well, because you’ll be able to work with the same trusted dentist and team from beginning to end.
Every dental implant treatment we provide is 100% personalized for each patient based on their unique needs, and because of this, the cost of the treatment is always different. Factors like how many teeth are missing, the location of the implants, and what kind of restoration is needed can all influence the final price. We can let you know what you’ll be expected to pay for your implants when you come to see us for a consultation. It’s important to know that while implants tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, they are also expected to last many times longer, which actually helps patients save thousands over time on periodic maintenance.
If you’re just learning about dental implants for the very first time, there’s no need to worry. Our team is happy to answer any and all questions you may have about treatment. Over the years, our dentists have gotten many questions regarding this revolutionary method of tooth replacement. Below, you can find a handful of these questions and detailed answers from Dr. Adam and Norman Sommers. If you have other questions that aren’t listed, please call our office to set up an implant consultation.
Over the past couple decades, dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement thanks to their longevity, function, esthetics, and reliability. Many patients appreciate the fact that they can eat foods that are tough or crunchy in nature, which other tooth replacement options do not allow. Additionally, their reliability means they can treat them much like their original teeth. They can even brush and floss them as they did previously for their natural teeth, meaning they won’t have to make dramatic changes to their routine once they have fully healed.
There are some necessary conditions patients must follow if they want their dental implant treatment to be a success. For example, they will need to have sufficient bone tissue for the implant posts to integrate inside of. The health of your gums also plays a major role as gum disease can negatively affect the healing process. If you use tobacco in any form, you’ll need to discontinue it as it can also affect healing of the implant inside the soft tissue. As long as you have good oral and overall health as well as enough bone tissue, you should be eligible for dental implants.
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they don’t require much more care than natural teeth do. As long as you brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and maintain routine visits at our office for exams and cleanings, you can expect your dental implants to last for many decades. What’s even more incredible is that the ceramic restoration covering your implant will not develop decay since it is made from inorganic material. With that said, you do not want to skip your at-home oral care as the gum tissue surrounding the implant can still become damaged.
While the success rate for dental implants is incredibly high, there are instances where an implant can fail. If the patient uses tobacco during the healing phase of treatment (i.e. immediately after surgery) or the implants were placed without confirming the integrity of the bone tissue, the body can reject it and cause it to fall out or require extraction. However, because our dentists partner with specialists in the area for your care, it’s extremely unlikely that your implants will fail when you follow all of our aftercare instructions.
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